Toyota, Aston Martin Issue Recalls for Vehicles with Heated Seats
Aston Martin and Toyota seem to be having trouble with their heated seats.
Both companies have issued recalls for cars equipped with the feature, affecting more than 10,000 vehicles.
Aston Martin is recalling certain model year 2006-2014 DB9, V12 Vantage, V8 Vantage, DBS, and Virage vehicles because the control module could fail, preventing the heaters from turning off. This could cause parts of the seat to overheat and smolder, potentially injuring the seat's occupant.
Aston Martin will notify owners affected by the recall, but has not yet provided a notification schedule.
Dealers will install an additional module to the circuit that can interrupt the power to the heaters in case the electronic control module fails.
Toyota is recalling various vehicles because they may experience compression of the seat cushion, potentially damaging the heater's wiring. Damaged wiring could short, burning the seat or the seat's occupant.
The cars affected by the recall include:
2010-2011 Prius and Corolla
2007-2010 FJ Cruiser
2005-2011 Sienna and Sequoia
2006-2011 Tacoma 4x2 and 4x4, Camry, Highlander, Tundra 4x2 and 4x4
2007-2011 Rav4 and 4Runner
Toyota will notify owners affected by the recall, but unfortunately, they won't get to keep their heated seats. Dealers will disconnect the heaters with copper strand heating elements and refund the purchase price of the accessory.
For more information, owners can contact Toyota customer service at (954) 429-2000 or Aston Martin Customer Service at (888) 923-9988.